Western Australia Minister Mines and Petroleum Bill Johnston
New Lithium Mine Powers Up In The Pilbara
Victor P Taffa
- Altura’s Pilgangoora mine is Western Australia’s latest lithium project to start production
- Mine has created 130 operational jobs
Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston today officially opened Altura Mining’s Pilgangoora lithium mine, bringing the State’s total number of lithium mines to 7.
“On behalf of the McGowan Government, I congratulate Altura Mining, and their employees and contractors, on the opening of Pilgangoora and cementing themselves as one of the world’s significant lithium producers.” Minister Mines and Petroleum Bill Johnston said.
“Our aim is to help companies like Altura develop the State’s world-leading lithium industry, which creates opportunities and jobs for Western Australians.”
Located 90 km south-east of Port Hedland, the project will produce about 220,000 tonnes p.a. of lithium spodumene concentrate.
Opening comes a few months after the McGowan Government announced the establishment of a Lithium and Energy Materials Industry taskforce to capitalise on the State’s potential to produce and process lithium and other energy materials.
Taskforce is working closely with industry to develop a Lithium and Energy Materials Strategy to build on Western Australia’s competitive advantages.
Last year, lithium sales in Western Australia reached $780 Million and the sector employed more than 1,200 people.